Louis Kimmelman

Louis B. Kimmelman

Professor of Practice
J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., Yale College
Areas of Expertise
International Commercial Arbitration
International Litigation


Professor Louis B. Kimmelman is an independent arbitrator with over 40 years of experience in resolving international commercial, construction and investor-state disputes. He teaches courses on international arbitration and litigation and speaks and writes frequently on international dispute resolution topics. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Professor Kimmelman has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of international disputes involving corporate parties and sovereign entities. Prior to January 2021, he was a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he had been a co-leader of Sidley’s global international arbitration practice. Before joining Sidley, he had been a partner in the New York offices of Allen & Overy LLP (2006-2013) and O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1988-2006).

Active in the international arbitration community, Professor Kimmelman is Chair of the New York International Arbitration Center; co-chair of the annual Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference; and an Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration. He served as a member of the organizing committee of the inaugural New York Arbitration Week in 2019 and the virtual New York Arbitration Week in 2020 and 2021. Professor Kimmelman has been one of the coaches of the Brooklyn Law School Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team since 2007.

He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and has testified as an expert witness on New York law. Professor Kimmelman served as a law clerk for the Honorable Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.